RICHMOND, Va. – A penalty stroke early in the second half gave Richmond a 1-0 win over the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team at Crenshaw Field on Sunday afternoon.
Hannah Thomson converted a stroke just under three minutes into the second half to provide all the offense on the day. The Hawks had opportunities to draw level, including a penalty corner in the final minute, but were not able to tie the game.
Saint Joseph’s (9-3 overall, 3-1 Atlantic 10) dominated the first half, outshooting the Spiders 10-4 and putting eight of those shots on target. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, UR goalkeeper Felicitas Heinzel made seven saves in the frame while Becky Carter added a defensive save to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
Richmond (3-8 overall, 2-1 Atlantic 10) earned a penalty stroke just 2:57 into the frame, and Thomson stepped up to slot home her first goal of the season to put the home side on top. The Hawks would go on to earn four corners in the half, but could not convert, allowing Richmond to come away with the victory.
Heinzel finished the day with 10 saves, while sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke made four stops for the Hawks.
“Richmond brought high energy and a strong will to what ended up being a very fun, intense, and competitive game,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “Our Hawks created some great opportunities down to the final minute of play, but at the end of the day, we didn’t find the back of the net. A reminder to play as one and to play to our strengths is what we’ll take away from the day.”
The Hawks return home for a pair this weekend as UC Davis visits on Friday before Atlantic 10 leader Saint Francis comes to town on Saturday.